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Supply Drive

Supply Drive

Host a Supply Drive

Would your group like to make a difference in the life of a child in foster care? By hosting a supply drive, you can! MCH is always in need of these items as a way to ensure the children and families we serve have more than just a place to live.

Your supply drive gifts, turn a house into a home. Because of you, this placement won’t be just another adult in their life, but instead a group who cares enough to provide more than just room and board.

Art Supplies

Foster Family Basket

Gift Card program

Household Supplies

Welcome Wagon

Email mchms@mchms.org to let us know to expect your supply drive items!

Kisha Kyle

COVID-19

COVID-19

​Protecting Our Children

During this difficult time with the COVID-19 outbreak, we pray you and your families are well. This is an uncertain time for our state, country, and global community, but we see the love of the Lord at work in many ways during these times.

Our ministry of serving vulnerable youth must continue through the current Coronavirus concerns. Although we will continue to operate our core ministries, we are making needed adjustments and taking precautions for the sake of our youth, staff, foster families, and community partners.

At this time we have 22 children on our Jackson campus and 16 children in our Therapeutic Foster Care program. MCH has developed a plan to ensure we can continue services to our children and families, but also follow the state and federal guidelines for social distancing and standard precautions.

Many of our normal activities are on hold. However, we have been blessed with this beautiful campus, our new Arant Recreational Center (opened this past fall), and our spacious gymnasium. Our Campus Life Minister has set up activities for our youth each day which include academics, independent living skills, and of course, recreation. He and our residential staff have a huge task of keeping 22 teenagers occupied and focused during this time. Pray for our staff and youth as they deal with the “cabin-fever’ that is sure to set in.

COVID-19 Precautions

  • During this time, we are not allowing any unscheduled visitors to our campus.
  • Our volunteer program is on hold until further notice.
  • We are only accepting new in-kind donations shipped to MCH via Amazon, Wal Mart, etc.
  • All staff members have taken three online trainings in regards to hand hygiene and infection control.
  • We are currently not accepting new clients.
  • All therapeutic needs of clients will continue to be met by our therapists via Telehealth.

Want to help?

Send us items from our wishlist or make a donation. For more information about how you can help, email mchms@mchms.org.

Lesley Carter

Foster Parent Informational

Church Resources

​Get your church involved!

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Our Vacation Bible School kit is the perfect resource to educate your church’s children about children who are in foster care right here in Mississippi. Through using this kit, your children’s ministry will make an impact on local lives. We provide all the tools and resources to plug this in to your Vacation Bible School. Through downloading your kit you will receive a video, small group lesson and activity, ways to collect money, and supply drive projects you can do to give hope to the children at MCH.

Make plans now to feature Methodist Children’s Homes of MS as your VBS mission project! Get your children’s ministry ready by downloading the kit here!

For questions email Samantha Kalahar at skalahar@mchms.org

Little Light of Mine Special Offering

The special offering for Methodist Children’s Homes is more than just making a donation. This offering supports the daily operations of MCH. Without your church’s support of the Little Light of Mine Special Offering, MCH would not be able to care for the hundreds of children we serve each year. Make sure to get your church ready by downloading the packet. Link to 2020 packet coming in June.

The Little Light of Mine Special Offering kicks off on Children’s Sabbath Sunday. However, your church can collect your offering any time of the year. Just make sure to mark your envelope or check to designate it for the special offering.

Check out our other tabs to see how your church, small group, or Bible study can put a smile on the face of a child in foster care!

Something Positive for Cody

Conquering Camp

Youth Recreation Center

MCH is excited to re-open the Arant recreation center this fall! SCU Underwriters generously gave $5,000 which helped to sponsor TVs, game consoles, chairs, pub table sets, an air hockey table, and more. SCU then spent a day volunteering setting up all of the items purchased.

This project was brought to completion through several other volunteer groups coming together. A big thank you goes out to Hernando UMC volunteers who helped prepare the building for all the renovations. Madison United Methodist Men’s Club also played a big role by spending two Saturdays painting the walls. Plus, Kim Davis and Scott Street built two walls in order to give more individualized spaces for the youth.

We’re beyond grateful for the many people who dedicated their time to such a special project. It’s heartwarming to watch what used to be a plain space transform into an area where any teenager would want to hang out. MCH volunteers are the BEST!

Commitment to Christ

A Forever Home for Penny

Videos

Children’s Promise Act

Children’s Promise Act

Change a Child’s Life While Receiving a Tax Credit

Last year the Mississippi Legislature passed “The Children’s Promise Act” which provides a dollar for dollar TAX CREDIT to individuals and companies who give to a qualified charity. Through this act, you can give to The Methodist Children’s Homes and receive your tax credit.

Tax Credits for Businesses

Your donation to Methodist Children’s Homes can be a DOLLAR-FOR-DOLLAR TAX CREDIT up to 50% of your Mississippi state tax liability. The total funding available is $5 Million, but it its first-come-first-serve. Act now to ensure your business benefits!

Tax Credit For Individuals

When you make a cash contribution to Methodist Children’s Homes this year, your gift of up to $1000 can receive a 100% state tax credit. The full amount of your donation will be deducted from your 2019 tax liability.

MSDOR Application

To make sure your gift to Methodist Children’s Homes is eligible for the full tax credit, you must apply for certification of the credit amount with the MS Department of Revenue. Your gift will be certified within 30-days based on the funds available in the $3 million tax credit fund. You will submit your certification with your state tax return to receive your credit.
Download the application for the business tax credit.
Download the application for the individual form.

Additional Information

The Methodist Children’s Homes is a Qualified Foster Care Charitable Organization (QFCCO). This designation allows your gift to be eligible for the tax credit.

We serve more than 100 foster children each year. For every dollar you donate, 86% goes towards the care of our children.

To learn more about how your gift can benefit the ministry of Methodist Children’s Homes of MS, contact: Samantha Kalahar at skalahar@mchms.org or call 601.853.5000 ext 2201.

Information shared is based on guidance from the MS Department of Revenue’s Income Tax Technical Bulletin TB 80-501-19-1. Further information can be found at www.dor.ms.gov.

Advisory Board

CEO Letter

Board and Committees Schedule

Board Manual

Board Development Committee

Board of Managers

Development Committee

Executive Committee

Finance and Audit Committee

Personnel Committee

Property Committee

Strategic Planning and Programs Committee

Inc. Board of Directors

Bob Schroeder

Methodist Children’s Homes of Mississippi

Foster Care 101

Annual Reports

​We believe part of being good stewards of God’s resources is being transparent. Below are our most recent Annual Reports.

2015 Annual Report

2016 Annual Report

2018 Impact Report

If you have any questions about the reports email mchms@mchms.org.

Home Page

Publications

Publications

Newsletters

Helping Hands is our printed newsletter mailed to our loyal donors two times a year. If you would like to receive a newsletter, please make a donation every year to the Methodist Children’s Homes.

View our Printed Newsletters

Brochures

We know that some of you love sharing the story of the Methodist Children’s Homes. Please feel free to print these brochures for your church or group. Thank You for sharing the stories.

Methodist Children’s Homes Brochure

Foster Care Brochure

Methodist Children’s Home Minute

For over 122 years, the Methodist Children’s Homes has cared for over 11,000 children. The Methodist Children’s Homes believes that every child deserves to grow up in a place where they are safe and nurtured with compassion. At MCH abused and neglected children are given a safe place in which they can heal and thrive through provision, guidance and counseling. MCH seeks to bring restoration to children and youth who have been neglected or abused. By the end of their time with MCH they hope to see that each child finds reconciliation with their biological families, love within an adoptive family or success as a productive, independent adult. MCH does this by offering safe, structured and supportive home environments, life skills training and therapeutic services. You can heal with your prayers, resources and time.

Test Job

Samantha Kalahar

Jennifer Wolfe

Devon Loggins

Contact Us

Methodist Children’s Homes
Morrow Administrative Center
805 North Flag Chapel Road
Jackson, MS 39209

Mailing Address:

Morrow Administrative Center
Post Office Box 66
Clinton, MS 39060-0066
Phone: 601.853.5000
Fax: 601.853.5010

Looking for More?

Whether you want to send questions, comments, words of encouragement or wish to schedule a campus tour, we’d be glad to hear from you.

If you’re requesting information about becoming a foster parent, please provide your address in the “comments” section. We’ll be happy to share an information packet with you.

For information on admissions, contact us here.

Employment

Join Our Mission

“Every child deserves a champion — an adult who will never give up on them, who understand the power of connection, and insists that they become the best that they can possibly be.”— Rita F. Pierson

If you’ve ever wanted to be a champion to a child, join the Methodist Children’s Homes’ staff and work to restore their childhoods.

Click here to view Current Open Positions

Newsletter

Stay Plugged In

When you join our mailing list, you’ll be regularly informed about MCH and our work. You’ll receive our newsletters and invitations to special events. Don’t worry — your information is kept safe with us. We will not distribute it to anyone outside of Methodist Children’s Homes.

Wish List

From Wishes to Reality

Every year, we receive thoughtful non-monetary donations that contribute to improving the lives and care of our children and youth.

If you would like to get others involved in giving, call 601.853.5000 and we will help you host a gift drive at your church or company.

The Methodist Children’s Homes is a 501c3 nonprofit organization. All donations are tax deductible.

Due to COVID-19 we are only accepting in kind donations that are new and shipped to MCH. We will not be able to accept donations dropped off by donors.

Order items from our Amazon wish list and it will automatically shipped to Methodist Children’s Homes! Follow the links below to shop for the children at MCH!

Needs for Therapeutic Residential Care

Wish list for Group Homes

Wish list for Campus Life

Wish list for Art supplies

Needs for Therapy

Weighted Blankets - Used for youth that come in on the autism spectrum. Click Here to Order

Sketch books

Journals

Therapy DVD Sets (Click Here to Order)

Therapy DVD Sets (Click Here to Order)

Feeling Posters

Emotions Thumball (Click Here to Order)

How Do You Feel Puzzle (Click Here to Order)

Teen Talk (Click Here to Order)

Totika Ice Breaker Game (Click Here to Order)

Therapy Games (Click Here to Order)

Needs for Foster Care

Car Seats

Boosters Seats

Diapers Size New Born to Size 5, Fire extinguisher, Fire Alarms

$50 Walmart Gift Cards – Sometimes children come to us with only the clothes on their back. In these situations, we like to give the foster care parents a gift card so they can purchase the basic necessities for their child.

Four-Door Car (Used to take children in foster care to visitations, doctors appointments, court, etc)

Needs for Maintenance

80 Gallon Air Compressor

Truck Bed Heavy Duty Side Tool Boxes (Click for example)

Tractor Attachments(Finish Mower, Back Hoe)

Nail Gun Set (Framing Gun to Brad Nailer)

Birthday and Christmas Gifts

Art Supplies

Sport Items (Basketballs, Soccer balls, Footballs, etc.)

Bath and Body Works Gift Sets

Ear Bud Headphones

MP3 Players

Flat Irons

Gift Cards (Walmart, Target, etc.)

Journals

Make-Up Kits

Photo Albums

Teen Appropriate DVDs

Teen Bibles

Thank you for your generosity!

Circle of Protection

Circle of Protection

Dedicated Monthly Giving

Our Circle of Protection program is a way for supporters to donate monthly gifts to Methodist Children’s Homes. When you join the Circle of Protection program, your gift goes toward creating a safe place for children to thrive and feel loved.

There are two ways to sign up: 1) Complete and return an enrollment form, along with a voided check to our offices. 2) Make a donation online and click “recurring donation”.

Guardian $15.00 a month (just .50 a day)

Give the gift of smiles by providing a special birthday party and gifts for our youth. For many of our youth it will be their first birthday party.

Defender $30.00 a month (just $1.00 a day)

Give the gift of laughter by providing campus activities and social outings for our youth to build life-long friendships and memories.

Protector $50.00 a month ($1.64 a day)

Meet the vital needs on our campus and provide for household expenses and upkeep of one of our homes.

Hero $100.00 a month ($3.28 a day)

Aid in breaking the generational cycle of abuse by giving a child a safe and secure home at Methodist Children’s Homes

Friend _____ Other Amount

You can customize your monthly gift.

After these specific needs are met, your gift will go directly to meeting the ongoing needs of our children. Every dollar helps bring hope back to a child’s life. We are grateful for your support!

Donate Now

Thank You!

Your contribution to Methodist Children’s Homes goes directly to changing a child’s life for the better!

Our online donation form is secure, but if you prefer to mail your check, please send it to P.O. Box 66, Clinton, MS 39060.




Or

Fundraise

Fundraise

Give Together

Methodist Children’s Homes encourages you to join together as a community to help our cause. A MCH fundraiser is the perfect event to hold with your church, office or community group. Through creative fundraisers, you can have a direct and positive impact on the lives of our children.

Fundraising Inspirations

  • Dedicate Your Birthday
  • Host a Dinner
  • Host a 5K
  • Bake Sale
  • Rummage Sale
  • Mud Volleyball
  • Host a Garden Party
  • Dodgeball Fundraiser
  • Lemonade Stand
  • Company Events
  • Dress Down Fridays — each employee to donate $1 gets to dress casually on a Friday
  • Wacky Management Moments — set a fundraising goal and if your organization can meet it, ask your boss to do something extreme. Pie to the face, dunk tank or crazy costume - the possibilities are endless!
  • Lunchtime or After-Work Zumba — do something active and healthy while raising money for MCH!

We welcome creative fundraising events to bring your communities together to support Methodist Children’s Homes!

Before Your Fundraiser…

Email mchms@mchms.org to let us know you’re fundraising on our behalf. We will get you all the forms and our logo! Plus, put your event on our calendar and if possible send an MCH representative.

After Your Fundraiser…

Email your donation to:

Methodist Children’s Homes of Mississippi

Attn: Samantha Kalahar
PO Box 66
Clinton, MS 39060-0066

Volunteer

Volunteer

Dedicated and Steadfast

Volunteer work is vital to the work of Methodist Children’s Homes. Over the years, our volunteers have dedicated priceless time and energy to everything from renovating our cottages and beautifying our grounds to providing birthday parties and Bible studies.

Due to COVID-19, all volunteer programs have been cancelled so as to limit exposure for our youth. To volunteer in the future, fill out the below form and we will contact you once programs have started back.

If you or your group would like to host a supply drive for our children, follow the link to read ways you can serve.

Thank you for all the ways you show love to the children of MCH!

Leave a Legacy

Give to the Heart of the Matter

Types of Legacy Giving

· Add the Methodist Children’s Homes of MS to documents you already have in place, or plan to put in place.

· Include a bequest to Methodist Children’s Homes of MS in your Will or Revocable Trust.

· Designate the Methodist Children’s Homes of MS as beneficiary of your Retirement Assets - IRA, 401(k), 403(b) or pension.

· Name the Methodist Children’s Homes of MS as a beneficiary of your Life Insurance policy.

· Designate the Methodist Children’s Homes of MS as a beneficiary of a Bank account(s).

· Gifting specific property to the Methodist Children’s Homes of MS such as: real estate, stocks, and other securities, art, antiques and other collectables.

Ways to Give bequest

· Give a percentage of your estate.

· Give a particular dollar amount of specific asset.

· Leave the balance of residue of your estate after other distributions are made and expenses are covered.

Benefits

· Reduce your taxable estate by the amount given to the Methodist Children’s Homes of MS.

· Make a significant gift to the Methodist Children’s Homes of MS and designate how it should be used.

· Experience the satisfaction of knowing you can continue to support the Methodist Children’s Homes of MS long after you are gone.

· Create a legacy that changes lives for generations to come.

Next Step

1. Receive your free personal workbook by emailing Kate Williams at kwilliams@mchms.org.

2. Take the completed workbook and all necessary paperwork to your lawyer to create your will or trust.

3. If you are planning on adding MCH as a beneficiary to your retirement assets, life insurance or bank account please contact your insurance provider, retirement plan administrator, and/or bank or financial institute to fill out the appropriation beneficiary designation forms.

Sample Bequest Language:

I hereby give to United Methodist Ministry with Children and Families, Inc. (DBA. Methodist Children’s Homes of MS) PO Box 66 Clinton, MS 39060 (the sum of $_____________) or (______% of the residue of my estate,) to be used for its general purposes.

The Methodist Children’s Homes would love to answer all your questions, please email us at mchms@mchms.org or call 601-853-5000 ext. 1222.

Magnolia Youth Services

Magnolia Youth Services is a service provided by Methodist Children’s Homes of MS

MY Services provides the community with dedicated professionals who counsel youth and families. Therapists work with ages 3 to 21 years old who experience an array of mental health symptoms.

To learn more about MY Services visit their website.

Therapeutic Foster Care

Therapeutic Foster Care

What does a foster family mean to you?

“It’s about my entire life, it’s not just about my childhood. I want to know that I am going to have a dad or brother as my best man in my wedding. That my children will have grandparents.” – Jonathan, 15

Therapeutic Foster Home

Our Foster Care program is made up of servant hearted individuals and families who are willing to provide a stable and loving home for children from birth to 21 years old. The Foster Care staff provides training, support, and resources to each family through out the fostering process.

A Therapeutic Foster Home is a licensed and certified home to care for children with physical, emotional or behavioral difficulties. Therapeutic Foster Care is an intensive mental health service provided to a child in a family setting utilizing specially trained foster parents.

MCH is always looking for servant hearted foster parents who will provide stable and loving homes for our children. You can make a difference in the lives of children by opening your heart and home to them! Any home can be a Methodist Children’s Home!

To become a foster parent, you must:

BE:

  • 21 or older
  • married (1+ years), divorced (1+ years) or single

HAVE:

  • a high school diploma or GED
  • reliable telephone service and transportation
  • financial means to support a family

AND:

  • complete all training requirements

Where Do I Start?

If you’re interested in providing a home and support for children as a foster parent, please fill out the form below. We will be in touch with you shortly and will guide you every step of the way!

Therapeutic Residential Care

Therapeutic Residential Care

For over a century, Methodist Children’s Homes has cared for Mississippi’s most vulnerable children. During this time we have worked to restore and provide for thousands of children who have suffered severe trauma.

Approach to Care

By offering safe, structured and supportive home environments, life skills training and therapeutic services, we promote healing and help children find permanent stability — emotionally, physically, mentally and spiritually. Our trauma-informed cognitive behavioral model of care guides practice in all of our homes and emphasizes a holistic approach to ministry.

Who We Serve

  • Children and young adults ages 10-21
  • Those from neglected backgrounds
  • Physically, emotionally or sexually abused children
  • Defiant, verbally and/or physically aggressive youth

Services Provided

Our Therapeutic Residential Care program serves abused and neglected children from ages 10 to 21. These homes offer a safe, secure place for children not only to escape unfortunate circumstances, but also to heal from the past, thrive and prepare for the future.

  • Spiritual guidance
  • Therapy
  • Psychiatric needs
  • Preparation for independent living
  • Tutoring
  • Recreation and life skills opportunities
  • Specialized services

Therapeutic Residential Care Program

Children in Therapeutic Residential Care are given academic support, preparation for living independently, therapeutic and psychiatric support, spiritual guidance, life skills training and recreational opportunities.

This program is specifically designed for young men and women ages 15 to 21. Its goal is to ease the transition from high school to college or to the workforce by providing instruction in budgeting, household management and job skills so that they can live independently as responsible adults.

Independent Residential Living Program

This program helps transition our kids from high school to college or the work force. Our independent living program is designed for females between the ages of 16 to 21. Our goal is to provide training, such as budgeting, household management, and job skills that will enable our young people to live independently once they have reached adulthood.

Board of Managers

Allen Wood Jr., Board Chair
Greenwood, MS

Don Garforth, Past Board Chair
Clinton, MS

Charles Nicholson
Brandon, MS

Rev. Clint Ware
Pascagoula, MS

James T. Rowell
Brandon, MS


Joseph Miller
Jackson, MS

Janet Harris
Brandon, MS

Rosalyn Howard
Madison, MS

Tina Lakey Byram, MS

Kim Davis
Clinton, MS


Raymond Miller
Clinton, MS

James Mason



Worth Thomas


Curnis Upkins



Karen Wagner

Madison, MS


Phaedre Cole
Greenwood, MS

Quiana Head


Ken Hodges

Delphine SwansonJackson, MS

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Ex Officio Board of Directors

Bishop James Swanson, Ex Officio Board Member
Jackson, MS

Leadership Team

Our Story

Our Story

A Mission of Hope

Through Jesus Christ, Methodist Children’s Homes brings hope and healing to hurting children in Mississippi.

Methodist Children’s Homes seeks to bring restoration to children and youth who have been neglected or abused. By the end of their time with us, we hope to see that they find reconciliation with their biological families, love within an adoptive family or success as a productive, independent individual.

A Lasting Legacy

Methodist Children’s Homes has been providing care and love for children and families in Mississippi since 1896. Originally an orphanage, MCH has cared for more than 11,000 children for over a century. We have grown from our original location in Water Valley to multiple homes across the state, and our primary campus is now in Jackson. The legacy of Methodist Children’s Homes has always been that of Christ-centered, generous love — something that will never change.

Our Core Values are:

Integrity

Do what is right, honest, and respectful regardless of the situation.

Compassion

Be kind and loving in all interactions.

Service

Commit to helping those we lead and those we follow.

Safety

Create an environment that promotes physical, emotional, and spiritual wellbeing.

Teamwork

Work together in a way that maximizes accountability, stewardship, and communication.

Methodist Children’s Homes is licensed by the Mississippi Department of Child Protection Services and the Mississippi Department of Mental Health.

Pray

Pray
Isaiah 1:17: Learn to do right! Seek justice, encourage the oppressed. Defend the cause of the fatherless, plead the case of the widow.

Pray for the Children at the home

Pray for the awareness, coupled with the joy that comes from fulfilling God’s mandates to care for the fatherless.

Pray that more families will open their homes and hearts as foster parents.

Pray that our staff and teachers continue to prepare and equip our children educationally to be the best that they can be.

Pray for each one of our children as they overcome past abuse and help them combat low self-esteem, emotional pain, self-harm, fears, doubt and anger.

Pray for our children’s families especially, that they will seek reconciliation and reunification.

Pray that God puts people in the family members’ path to share Christ with them.

Pray that God uses the church’s bible studies and chapels to bring about new salvations and discipleship.

Pray specifically for our children and their immediate sphere of influence.

Pray for each one of our children’s spiritual growth.

Pray for our children’s families as they seek reconciliation or deal with the separation.

Pray for the staff at the Methodist Children’s Homes

Pray that the Lord will continue to give us His vision for our children and our ministry.

Pray that our staff will be intentional with sharing Christ with our children.

Pray for our staff and their responsibility as role models to our children.

Pray for wisdom for our leadership team as they make decisions that affect our children.

Pray that God will continue to provide financially for the Methodist Children’s Homes.

Pray for wisdom of our staff as they care for each one of our children.

Pray that our staff is reminded and renewed with the mission of why we minister to our children.

Upcoming Events

Foster Parent Informational

Tuesday, February 11, 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
Event details


Stories

Something Positive for Cody

Something Positive for Cody

Read how Cody’s life changed once he walked through our gates.

Read Something Positive for Cody's story


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